New York Theatre Workshop's production of Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited), which extended its original run to Aug. 11, will now end July 21 according to a spokesperson at the Kornberg office.
The work which replaced the postponed Caryl Churchill's Far Away proved a worthy alternative but of late has dropped off in attendance. The company felt it justifiable to shorten the extension as the piece — which garnered favorable reviews — has enjoyed a healthy run. The show, which opened May 8, was only originally scheduled for a April 17-June 2 engagement.
The extension of Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited) displaced the NYTW production of Harry Kondoleon's Play Yourself which was set to play at the downtown venue next. Helmed by scribe-cum-director Craig Lucas, that production was moved to the Century Center for the Performing Arts where it is set to run through Aug. 4. Marian Seldes, Elizabeth Marvel, Juan Carlos Hernandez and Ann Guilbert star.
Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited) is a collaborative dance-theatre piece conceived and directed by Martha Clarke. The production also features music by Richard Peaslee and text by Charles L. Mee. Freud and fascism meet in the piece which delves into the unconscious world of Vienna at the onset of the 20th century. The play premiered in New York in 1986 at St. Clement's Church, then transferred to the New York Shakespeare Festival and Kennedy Center later that year. This production contains new material that the original collaborators have developed.
The cast of Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited) includes Vivienne Benesch, Erica Berg, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Mark DeChiazza, George de la Pena, Philip Gardner, Richmond Hoxie, James Lorenzo, Dennis O'Hare Jimena Paz, Andrew Robinson, Paola Styron and Julia Wilkins. Musicians under the direction Jill Jaffe (violin) feature Daniel Barrett (cello), Nina Kellman (harp), Simeon Loring (clarinet) and Stewart Schuele (french horn).
The creative team are scenic and costume designer Robert Israel and lighting designer Paul Gallo. The show is produced in association with True Love Productions.
The NYTW 2002-03 season will open with Caryl Churchill's Far Away, an anti utopian look at the future as shown through a girl's visit to her auntie's house. The play, to be helmed by Daldry (Via Dolorosa, "Billy Elliot"), was shifted owing to the director's filming schedule.
Among the other shows chosen is a post-modern production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice to be directed by Hungarian director Robert Alfoldi. As previously reported, Schreiber told Playbill On-Line he was discussing the possibility of playing Shylock in the staging.
Busy actress Cherry Jones — recently starred in the American Repertory Theatre's production of Lysistrata and set to play in the Broadway-bound Imaginary Friends — has been mentioned to star in Peter Gaiten's Flesh and Blood, adapted from the novel by Michael Cunningham.
Director Greif will return to the original home of his staging of Rent to helm Cavedweller. The adaptation from novelist Dorothy Allison's sophomore offering with the same title follows a woman's journey home to the children she left following the death of the rock star who took her away from them.
The comedy The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed (Freedomland) is also set to play the season. No date or order — with the exception of Far Awayhas been confirmed — according to NYTW spokesperson. All artists and shows are subject to change.
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— by Ernio Hernandez